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Most popular submissions in 'Aesthetics' of all time

223 +257/-34 votes

Replace Windows Basic Theme with Non-Aero theme from Windows Live

Submitted by hami1car on November 3, 2008 to Aesthetics

Basic is ugly. I know it was designed to punish people for buying Windows Basic, but it needs to go, because I didn't buy Basic, but I see this theme too much anyway.

A. The press often uses virtualization, and so many of the screenshots (more...)

Just use the theme that the Live apps use in XP, or something similar. Google chrome does a decent job too. It works without Aero, but actually looks a little like Aero. That's consistency.

High

High

Not fixed

(27 comments)

207 +223/-16 votes

Some applications don't respect window border padding settings

Submitted by Cuppa on October 31, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance

Some Microsoft-made applications have a border padding width of 6 pixels, not the standard 4 pixels.

The offenders:
- Command Prompt
- WMP12 'Now Playing' mode - fixed in Build 7022
- Virtual PC (running images (more...)

Make all applications use the same border padding width.

Medium

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(11 comments)

203 +227/-24 votes

White background behind file icons in a folder icon

Submitted by tino on November 8, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons

There is an unnecessary white background behind document icons when displayed inside of a folder icon. I think it's a bad design decision.

Make use of the alpha channel and shadow of the file icons.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(4 comments)

199 +222/-23 votes

Wrong corners rounding in start menu (taskbar on top)

Submitted by Paralityk on November 7, 2008 to Aesthetics

When the taskbar is set on top, start menu is till rounding upper corners. But it should round lower corners.
BTW. Same thing happens with taskbar on left/right even worse - see for yourself. Start menu is opening on top of taskbar :/

Round lower corners when taskbar is on top

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(10 comments)

192 +222/-30 votes

Legacy Recovery Icon

Submitted by joetheplumber on November 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy

Nasty, NASTY legacy recovery XP-esque icon. Stands out like a sore thumb.

Change the Icon.

Low

Low

Fixed

(15 comments)

182 +205/-23 votes

UI Inconsistency in Wordpad

Submitted by joetheplumber on November 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy

Ruler in wordpad is ugly and old, and doesn't fit in with the rest of the ribbon. Also, the gray and the white don't change along with the controls so it's confusing for the user.

Make the ruler fit in with the rest of the UI.

Low

Medium

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(20 comments)

170 +181/-11 votes

Legacy FTP "Log On As" Screen

Submitted by DavidTaraso on November 4, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons, Legacy

When logging into an FTP directory through Explorer, the Log On As screen is entirely outdated. The icons appear to be from the Windows 98 era and the color scheme does not match the newer Aero styling.

Update the icons and the window color scheme.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(6 comments)

167 +178/-11 votes

Which IE is which?

Submitted by StormChaser on January 19, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

In the volume mixer, if you have multiple IE tabs that produce sound, each will show up separately, but it's impossible to know which is which without trying each one.

Display either the name of the tab instead of Internet Explorer, or show the name of the tab on a mouse hover.

Medium

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(8 comments)

This submission [Create new generic install icon for developers to use.] has been removed because

Third-party software issue

165 +177/-12 votes

Create new generic install icon for developers to use.

Submitted by hoopla_punta on December 13, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons, Legacy

So far I remeber that there is no new Aero-Style generic install icon. This is what usually installshield and other apps will use.

Update with a Aero-Style icon.

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(3 comments)

165 +173/-8 votes

Some application don't have a standard menu effect on hover or click

Submitted by Antonio on November 9, 2008 to Aesthetics

Windows explorer or windows live messenger and others applications don't have a consistent effect when the menu is showed.

Fix this aesthetical issue.

High

Low

Not fixed

(6 comments)

This submission [Legacy network Drive icon] has been removed because

This is a quirk with Virtual PC 2007, NOT Windows

154 +165/-11 votes

Legacy network Drive icon

Submitted by Manan on November 17, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons, Legacy

The network location icon shown in my Computer is I guess the same that was way back in Windows 95.

Create a new icon.

Low

Medium

Not fixed

(7 comments)

148 +162/-14 votes

Default Windows Media Player skin is from WMP8

Submitted by HeresyProgram on November 17, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy

The default Windows Media Player skin for Skin Mode looks like it's from WMP8. Skin Mode itself seems like a relic.

Change the default to "Revert" or dump Skin Mode altogether. Now Playing mode seems to accomplish the same task, making the player smaller and showing a visualization/album art.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(15 comments)

145 +155/-10 votes

[Suggestion] Device Stage Jumplist: Replaces "Safely Remove Hardware" & adds functionality

Submitted by hoopla_punta on February 22, 2009 to Aesthetics, Usability

Issues in Safely Remove Hardware:
Small Icons, funny names, hard-to-use interface in an overwhelming window.

In the Device Stage Jumplist:

Tells you how many connected devices are there.
Large icons, readable (more...)

Use something simillar to my Mockup of a Device Stage Jumplist.

Medium

High

Not fixed

(8 comments)

139 +143/-4 votes

Ability to change custom library icon

Submitted by Paralityk on November 5, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons

You cannot change default icon for custom library

Make it possible? Tab as on picture should be enough

Medium

Low

Fixed

(7 comments)

137 +145/-8 votes

Text glow on alt-tab window isn't properly cleared

Submitted by Cuppa on November 9, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Bug

Sometimes the text glow on the alt-tab window isn't properly cleared when switching between windows. Specifically, switching from a window that has a long title (that doesn't fit in the available space) to a window with a short title results (more...)

Properly clear the text glow.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(6 comments)

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